New Blood - Peter Gabriel
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  • Summary: The former Genesis singer rerecorded some of his songs with a 46-piece orchestra conducted by Ben Foster.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
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  1. Oct 11, 2011
    90
    Nothing feels even remotely stale, and many of these tracks manage to actually improve upon their original counterparts--no small feat, considering the fact that these are some of the finest songs ever written.
  2. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    This album's a string-driven thing swinging between bravado and bleakness, and always beautiful.
  3. 80
    The voices are interesting enough, but it's the lush instrumentation, arranged by Scratch Your Back's John Metcalfe, that is the key to New Blood's success.
  4. Impressive rather than engaging.
  5. Dec 22, 2011
    60
    A collection that will have both fans and floating voters scratching their heads. [Nov 2011, p.101]
  6. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    It suggests that, far from being a cynical piece of auto-karaoke, the bulk of this album is motivated more by art than nostalgia. [Nov 2011, p.82]
  7. 40
    Despite two new numbers near the end of this album, New Blood feels, despite it's occasional avant-garde touches, like another holding pattern from an artist who has not been particularly prolific since his 80s commercial heyday.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    10
    If you lost touch with and interest in Peter Gabriel since his Big Hit 80s days and were hoping for a big "comeback" to the charts, this isn't for you. However, if you have been a fan of his musical journey since the Genesis days, and wondered what he had in store at his next stop, this is an inspiring production. As much as I love his work, I admit that I haven't gone out of my way to listen to his back catalog despite the many gems. The production work of the PG series of albums have grown tiresome for me after all these years. Maybe they did for Peter, too, because these orchestral versions are totally re-imagined,takes. Bigger, more dimensional, more complex, amazingly alive again.. If you've enjoyed the adventure of the ride with Peter, this is another memorable work! wep4 Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    10
    This is not your typical release where the artist chooses to redo old material with an orchestra in order to meet the demands of a music company.

    The songs are newly interpreted with an eye at breathing new life into what are a collection of great songs. The arrangements are carefully crafted and executed beautifully and powerfully. I strongly suggest this cd to anyone who has an appreciation for Peter Gabriel's music.
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